JumboSearch Help

What is in JumboSearch?

JumboSearch is a single place to search for a variety of materials accessible via the Tufts University Libraries, including books, journals, scores, audio-video recordings, and other physical items held in the seven different Tufts Libraries locations. JumboSearch also includes eBooks and eJournals owned by the Libraries, as well as electronic resources from a variety of sources.

What am I searching?

JumboSearch - All Resources

Searches millions of our resources including print and e-books, articles, media, maps and more. Note: Millions, yes, but you won’t find everything. For more focused searching, use our specialized databases.

Search all resources in JumboSearch: http://go.tufts.edu/jumbosearch

Library Catalog

Searches our physical on-site, e-book, and digital repository.

Search the Library Catalog in JumboSearch

Course Reserves

Search by course name and/or number, instructor, or department/discipline to find physical, print material placed on Reserve.

Search Course Reserves in JumboSearch


Searches articles in most of our databases. Note that EBSCO databases are not included in this search. For EBSCO publications, use our specialized databases.

Search for articles in JumboSearch

Tufts Digital Library

The Tufts Digital Library (TDL) is an online database containing Tufts’ faculty and student scholarship; descriptions of archival, manuscript, and photograph collections as well as digitized items from those collections; oral histories; public lectures delivered at Tufts; student and university publications; and much more. You might want to restrict your search to the TDL if you were looking specifically for Tufts' scholarship, photographs, or archival material.

Search the Tufts Digital Library in JumboSearch

Go directly to the Tufts Digital Library: https://dl.tufts.edu/

Research Guides

Searches hundreds of topical research guides created by Tufts librarians.

Search for Research Guides in JumboSearch

Go directly to our Research Guides

What is not in JumboSearch

All journal articles

JumboSearch allows you to locate and retrieve many journal articles. However, there are many journals in the Tufts collections that cannot be searched at the article level within JumboSearch. To find articles in your discipline, use a specialized database. More information about database options and search techniques may be found in our Research Guides.

Books and other items not owned by Tufts University

JumboSearch is primarily intended for finding items owned by Tufts. WorldCat Discovery is a catalog of materials held by libraries worldwide, including books, periodicals, sound recordings, musical scores, videos, manuscripts, and maps. Members of the Tufts University Community can request these items using Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad).

Websites and other online resources

JumboSearch may return selected websites of scholarly interest, but the vast majority of websites are not indexed here.

Complete full-text access to Digital Collections and Archives

JumboSearch allows you to search information on all of DCA's cataloged holdings. JumboSearch will not assist you in finding archival material held by other institutions. Similarly, not all of DCA's holdings are available digitally or remotely.

General library information (open hours, staff, etc.)

Library webpages are not included in JumboSearch. The easiest way to find information about one of the Tufts University Libraries is to visit that library's website. The JumbsoSearch homepage has links to all the library websites.


Basic Search

Image of the JumboSearch search box on the JumboSearch homepage

Type any words or phrases, including titles of journals, articles, books, or other resources, author names, subjects, etc. JumboSearch will search the entire collection for all the words you enter.

Restrict a search to the Library Catalog, Course Reserves, Articles, Tufts Digital Library, or Research Guides by selecting the option from the drop-down menu.

Searching for a phrase

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase.

climate change

will retrieve results with those two words anywhere in the title, author, subject, or other indexed fields. The words may not even appear together in a field or in that order.

"climate change"

will only retrieve results in which the complete phrase appears.

AND, OR, NOT & grouping

AND retrieves items with both words and will narrow your search results.

women and mexico

OR retrieves items with either word and will broaden your search results.

zebras or elephants

Use parentheses to group words or concepts so they are processed logically.

(border or boundary) and (conflict or uprising)

AND NOT excludes words.

migration and not illegal

Truncation and wildcards

A single asterisk (*) to replace any number of characters in a single word.


retrieves child, childhood, children, child's, etc.

Note that * functions only after at least two characters. A search for p* will retrieve no results.

A question mark replaces exactly one character.


will retrieve symphony but not symphonies


will retrieve both anderson and andersen

You can use multiple question marks to search for a specific number of characters at the end of a word.

Advanced Search

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The Advanced Search page allows more precise searching. A Basic Search looks for terms anywhere in the item- in the title, author, description, subject, etc. An Advanced Search will find terms only where and how you specify.

The first dropdown specifies WHERE you wish to search

  • Any field: Searches anywhere in the record (like a Basic Search)
  • Title: Searches only in the title of an item
  • Author/Creator: Searches only in the Author or Creator field
  • Subject: Searches only in subjects applied to item

The second dropdown specifies HOW you wish your term to be searched

  • Contains: the term is anywhere in the specified field
  • Is (exact): the term or terms appear exactly as entered in the specified field, as if you had placed the terms in quotation marks
  • Starts with: the term or terms matches the beginning of the specified field

To find items with Darwin somewhere in the title (not written by Darwin), select Title in the first dropdown menu and Contains in the second.

Image of Advanced Search showing a search of Darwin using the parameters title and contains

The Material Type menu limits the search to only a specific type of item, such as an Article or Image

To further limit the search to Article with "Darwin" in the title, select Articles from the Material Type menu.

Image of Advanced Search showing a search of Darwin using the parameters title and contains and using the Articles material type

The Language menu limits the search to ONLY English, French, or German materials.

The Publication Date menu limits the search to an exact year, or a selection of options, such as Last Year or Last 5 Years.

In addition to these limits, an Advanced Search may be conducted within any of the collections available:

  • Search everything
  • Library Catalog
  • Course Reserves
  • Articles
  • Tufts Digital Library
  • Research Guides

Expand My Results

JumboSearch prioritizes items owned by Tufts but it indexes much more content that is not immediately available. Selecting Expand My Results will broaden your search to items beyond the Tufts collection which may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Image of search results for Darwin with the Expand my Results checkbox checked



Using BROWSE, you can look through an alphabetical list of subjects, authors, titles, or Library of Congress call numbers to find resources that are in the collection of the Tufts Libraries, instead of performing a search for a set of keywords. (Note that articles are not included in this search mode.)

To browse the collection, click on the “Browse” tab at the top of the JumboSearch home page.

Image of JumboSearch homepage with the Browse link highlighted

Select which element you wish to browse from the pull-down menu: Subject, Author, Title, or Library of Congress Call Numbers. Image of the JumboSearch browse screen with the pull-down menu containing author, subject, title or LC Call Number highlighted

This is useful when:

  1. Subject
    You know a subject that is relevant to your search and you want to find related subjects, or get an overview of the subtopics within a subject. You can find Library of Congress and MESH subjects.
  2. Author
    You remember only the last name of an author you’re interested in and want to quickly narrow down the possibilities, or if you’re unsure how to spell the name. You can also see cross-references to other forms of the author’s name.
  3. Title
    You have the exact title of the book, journal, CD, or DVD you are looking for in the library and want to find it quickly.
  4. Call Number
    You want to see all of the resources available within a category of call number, e.g., DG70.

Browse the collection



If you know you are looking specifically for a JOURNAL, you can enter the title or ISSN in the search box under the "Journals" tab at the top of the JumboSearch home page.

Search for journals